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Unless you’re in the medical profession, you probably don’t realize just how many people suffer with chronic pain every single day.  This kind of pain can be life-changing, keeping affected individuals from doing the activities they love and possibly preventing them from participating in any activity at all.  Some estimates indicate that up to one third of Americans suffer with daily, significant pain.  So if you are that one-in-three, then this article is for you.

It is widely recognized that medication and physical therapy are key to controlling chronic pain symptoms.  However, incorporating additional, ongoing physical activity is important and can vastly improve your quality of life. "Try to keep moving—that's my motto for patients," says Maura Daly Iversen, PT, DPT, SD, MPH, spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association. "The less you move, the more pain and fatigue you'll feel." Exercise can also help you sleep better and reduce your need for pain meds, as well as improve your mood.

But you’re probably saying, “I can’t exercise.  I tried it before and it just made me hurt worse.”

Plenty of chronic pain sufferers feel the same way.  They have tried exercise and had ...

The Transplant Games of America is a multi-sport festival event for individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. Competition events are open to living donors, organ transplant recipients, bone marrow recipients, and a limited number of corneal and tissue transplant recipients. More than an athletic event, the Transplant Games of America highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients.


This year, the games are being held July 11-15 in Houston, TX, and one of our very own members (and former training clients) will be there participating.


Amy's story is pretty amazing.  Diagnosed at 6 weeks of age with a Congenital Heart Defect, she spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals.  At the age of 23, she admitted herself to the hospital when she was too weak and too tired to do even basic daily tasks.  Amy got the call 14 days later and was blessed with a new heart at the age of 24.  Because of the selfless act of complete strangers, Amy has been able to live a fulfilling life with her husband and daughter - something she could never have imagined only months earlier. 


Amy is participating in ...


I'd like to once again WELCOME all of our new members to STAR Fitness Center!  We're excited you've decided to join us, and we look forward to helping you achieve all your fitness and health goals!

The holidays are approaching, and with that comes holiday calories!  Don't fight the bulge alone.  Refer a friend to STAR Fitness Center, and if your friend joins, you receive $5 off your monthly dues!  That's right!  When a second friend joins, you receive $10 off your monthly dues for the length of your contract.  So, spread the word!  Grab your family and friends and start your New Year's Resolution NOW! 

The staff of STAR Fitness Center would also like to extend a VERY HAPPY VETERAN'S DAY to all of our Veterans, and we'd like to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.  THANK YOU also to all active military men and women.  Without your dedication to our country, we would not be where we are today. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to spread Holiday Cheer this year by giving back to our community.  We are collecting non-perishable foods throughout the month of November that will be delivered to the Covington Food Bank at the end of the month.  We are also planning a Toy Drive during December, in an effort to make a few children just a little happier this Christmas. 

DON'T FORGET ABOUT OUR BLACK FRIDAY SALE!  You can purchase $50 gift cards for just $5 all day Friday, November 23.  These make the perfect stocking stuffers or gifts for those "hard to shop for" family members and friends.  Current members can use these gift cards towards personal training packages, and new members can use these towards the initial investment of a new contract.  There is NO limit to the number of gift cards you can purchase; however, only 1 gift card can be used at a time. 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your family.  STAY SAFE and STAY HEALTHY! 





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